Washington County, TN

JCPD: Lowe’s employee charged with embezzlement

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Johnson City Police Department charged a former Lowe’s employee with embezzlement on Wednesday. According to the release, Mark Horton, of Telford, had placed merchandise at the exit door and left with the items without paying. The incidents were reported to have started as early as May 10 with the […]
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Vehicular homicide charges in 2021 death of ETSU grad that followed long police chase

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — A driver whose car allegedly rammed another vehicle at the end of a 22-mile-long December 2021 police pursuit — resulting in the other driver’s death — has been indicted for vehicular homicide. Tusculum Police had pursued Christian James Morrow, 22, from Tusculum through Jonesborough and onto West Market Street before the […]
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Lawsuit settlement funds designated for Roan Mountain drug treatment center

Washington County officials have agreed to contribute $1.9 million from the county’s “Baby Doe” opioid lawsuit settlement funds to a new regional in-patient drug treatment center for state inmates being developed in Carter County. The county’s Budget Committee voted Wednesday to approve a package of funding requests...
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Man brandishing a knife charged with two counts of aggravated assault

Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Braden Autrey, 24, Jonesborough, and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault after he brandished a knife in two separate incidences on Monday, Aug. 8. According to Sheriff Keith Sexton, Autrey arrived at two separate residences on Bailey Bridge Road where he...

Jonesborough man charged after allegedly threatening victims with knife

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Jonesborough man was arrested after police reported he threatened people in two different homes with a knife. According a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), Braden Autrey, 24, showed up at two separate homes on Bailey Bridge Road Monday. Autrey allegedly “threatened the occupants with a fixed […]

Washington County East Tennessee Railroad Authority Public Notice of Annual Meeting

The East Tennessee Railroad Authority will hold its Annual Meeting on August 22nd, 2022 at 2:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Conference Room of the Historic Courthouse, 100 E. Main Street, Jonesborough, TN. The purpose is to elect officers, and to provide an update on the current grant project that...

Mayors in Sullivan, Washington each spent $100K plus on campaigns

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Joe Grandy and Richard Venable retained their jobs as mayor of Washington and Sullivan counties, but it didn’t come without hard-fought elections that saw each incumbent spend more than $100,000 total. After spending more than $60,000 on a primary that he won narrowly over County Commissioner Robbie Tester, Washington County […]
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Washington County Schools builds new propane station for buses

Washington County Schools is in the process of building a new propane refilling station for its school buses that serve the north side of the county. The new station is being built on the same site, near Daniel Boone High School, where there used to be a diesel refueling station. According to Dr. Jarrod Adams, Washington County Schools chief operations officer, the diesel station had been removed due to a leak caused by old equipment.

North JC, Gray precincts propelled Grandy in squeaker of a mayoral race

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — Incumbent Republican Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy rode strong showings in north Johnson City, Gray and Jonesborough’s town limits in his narrow re-election win over Independent James Reeves on Aug. 4. Grandy captured 50.5% of the 10,786 votes cast in an extremely low-turnout election, besting Reeves just as he did in […]

‘There’s a lot of disappointment’: Washington Co., TN election official weighs in on plummeting voter turnout

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) – With another election night over, officials and candidates alike expressed frustration from a sheer lack of engagement from voters in the region. In Washington County, only 12.86% of registered voters made their voices heard on August 4. When looking at the 133,001 residents in the county regardless of registration, that means […]

WCSO: 3 charged for trying to sneak drugs into jail

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced it recently changed inmate mail delivery procedures to crack down on contraband in the jail. A release from the agency Friday revealed that jail staff copies the mail in front of inmates and locks the original into a bin “to be shredded at a later […]

Former Del. Joe Johnson dies at 90

(WJHL) — Former Virginia House of Delegates member Joe Johnson has died. Johnson represented Bristol and parts of Washington and Smyth counties for nearly three decades. He retired from politics in 2014. Several Virginia lawmakers praised him for his contributions to Southwest Virginia through projects such as the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. […]